Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

ROC Army CM11 Main Battle Tank

Published: July 17th, 2019     
ROC Army CM11 Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

History

The CM-11 Brave Tiger (Yong Hu Shi Zhan Che ) is a Main Battle Tank (MBT) that was developed by the American General Dynamics and the Republic of China Army (ROCA) Armored Vehicle Development Center[1] It was introduced to the public on 14 April 1990. Being a variant of the M48 Patton, it is also known as the M48H Main Battle Tank. The CM-11 is a hybrid M60 chassis fitted with the turret from the older M48 Patton and the fire control system of the M1 Abrams.[2]

North American P-51D Mustang

Published: July 5th, 2019     
North American P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

This is one of The New Airfix 1:48 scale Releases on the Heels of their 1/72 scale release. Compared to Legacy Airfix, this kit is cleanly molded with great detail and amazing fit. There are some different Approaches to the moldings and how the kit fits together I will highlight those in the Review. Some will complain about the panel lines. But that is opinion and they can be filled and sanded.

Background

We can thank North American Aviation for proposing to the British a more modern aircraft design. The Brits wanted someone to build P40s. The prototype appeared 102 days after contract signing. Initially fitted with an Allison engine, it suffered from poor high altitude performance. Once fitted with the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine the design came into its own as a world beater. The rest is the history we all know.

Opening the Box

You are greeted by a 16 page instruction booklet, A decal sheet and 6 Sprues all in a single poly bag. Including the clear parts. The plastic is the New Airfix powder blue grey that is somewhat soft but appears durable.

Tempest Mk.V OVERTREES

Published: July 4th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V OVERTREES
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Once more a rousing THANK YOU VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia! How I ended up doing this review? A co-reviewer ran into some personal difficulties and I volunteered to finish his review for him. Thanks David for sending these items, and John for supporting my effort to help a fellow reviewer.

When I received the box from David, I knew what I was getting. The review will be in four separate tomes: first, this one, to cover the Overtree kit, the resin Brassin wheel set, a brassin etch detail fret, and the Overtree stencil decal set.

M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer

Published: June 29th, 2019     
M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

This is the first injection-molded 1/48 kit of the M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer, which first flew in 2004. It is currently used by the air forces of Italy, Israel, Poland and Singapore. It was originally a joint venture between Aermacchi and Yakovlev, and you can definitely see the similarity to the Yak-130 Russian trainer.

The kit is molded in a medium gray plastic and contains just over 270 parts. The molding is truly top notch, which is one of the hallmarks of the new Gold range of kits from Kinetic. This was the first kit produced in their new manufacturing facility. There is a small photo etch (PE) fret that contains seatbelts, the HUD frames, rearview mirrors for the inside of the canopy, various vents on the fuselage, and the small winglets. The clear parts are very nicely done with two different options for the canopy: one with the explosive cord molded into it and the other without. And happily the canopies do not have a seam running down the middle! Hooray!

Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) Part 2 - Cockpit and Fuselage

Published: June 27th, 2019     
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) Part 2 -  Cockpit and Fuselage
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei-Mura's latest release in 1/32 scale is the wonderful Ki-45 Toryu (Nick). This twin engine 2-seat, heavy fighter was used by the Japanese Army in WWII. In Part 2, I will get the cockpit and gunner position built and the fuselage assembled.

The cockpit on this kit (like all ZM kits) is a jewel. There are 60 well molded parts with several options depending on which option you are building. The two major changes for Option B (my choice) are that there is no upward firing guns between the pilot and gunner and also, there is no back seat for the rear gunner position. Another note- much of this will not be visible when the build is done unless you use the clear parts.

Construction begins by adding the floorboard and fuel tank to the main wing strut. The front and back cockpit bulkheads are added. This is a phenomenal piece going full width for support of the wings and also includes the landing gear wells also. More on that later.